Individual-Level Predictors of the Working Relationship between Probation Officers and Probationers

Lincoln Sloas, Jennifer Lerch, Scott Walters, Faye S. Taxman

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Abstract

The working relationship between probation officers and probationers is an important area of research given recent studies illustrate a strong relationship reduces recidivism. In this study, the perceptions of the working relationship between officers and probationers were examined among a group of substance-using probationers who participated in a multi-site randomized clinical trial. After 6 months, probationers who reported greater alcohol use and greater family and peer drug use on a baseline Addiction Severity Index were less likely to perceive their probation officer as being caring/fair/trustworthy, and older probationers were less likely to perceive their PO as being tough. Important policy implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-725
Number of pages17
JournalPrison Journal
Volume100
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • DRI-R
  • caring/fair/trustworthy
  • probation officer
  • probationer perception
  • toughness
  • working relationship

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